Focus Fassbinder

Angst essen Seele auf

By Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin

Premiere 6 June 2014

Angst essen Seele auf

Angst essen Seele auf. Taner Şahintürk, Ruth Reinecke

© Esra Rotthoff

  • Duration 1h 40, no interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Public discussion following the performance

Germany,the 1970’s. The stench of war has by no means worn off. The so-called migrantworkers have been streaming into the country for the past 10 years. Meaningful sounds of Arabic music, full of longing, stream out of a bar onto therained-out street. Cleaning lady Emmi Kurovsky dares herself to tread into the bar. She wants to know what they are singing and who these people dancing to the music are. There she meets El Hedi Ben Salem M’Barek Mohammed Mustafa. But everyone calls him Ali. He is 20 years her junior, comes from Morocco, works as a mechanic. Their alleged inequalities turn out to unite them. They fall inlove and get married, in defiance of all jealousy, animosity and lack of understanding from neighbours, colleagues and relatives. Emmi and Ali will fight for their love.

Directed by Hakan Savaş Mican
Stage design Sylvia Rieger
Music Daniel Kahn
Costume design Pieter Bax
Lighting design Carsten Sander
Dramaturgy Irina Szodruch

Tamer Arslan
Mareike Beykirch
Anastasia Gubareva
Daniel Kahn
Sema Poyraz
Ruth Reinecke
Taner Şahintürk
Dimitrij Schaad
Aram Tafreshian

A Maxim Gorki Theater production. Performing rights by Verlag der Autoren.